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California Golf Club

South San Francisco, CA Private

4.7

Panelists

182 Reviews

Overview

For a course that featured Alister Mackenzie bunkers (added just two years after it first opened), Cal Club was never considered the equal of its near neighbors, No. 34 Olympic (Lake) or No. 36 San Francisco G.C. That’s partly because it was so claustrophobic, not just from dense trees, but from its truncated front nine reworked in the 60s by Trent Jones after road expansion took two holes. Architect Kyle Phillips resolved the problem by clearing trees and creating five new holes, including a new par-4 second in the old practice range and a new dogleg-right par-4 seventh atop a previously unused mesa in the middle of the course. Best of all, he re-introduced Mackenzie’s glamorous bunkers. Cal Club is now much closer to its top-ranked neighbors.

About

Holes 18
Length 7216
Slope 135
Facility Type Private
Designer A. Vernon Macan, ASGCA/(R) Kyle Phillips Golf Course Design

Awards

100 Greatest the Second 100
Best Courses in Every State

Second 100 Greatest: Ranked since 2013. Highest ranking: No. 101, 2021-'22.

Best in State: Ranked 13th, 2021-'22. Ranked 15th, 2015-'16, 2019-'20. Ranked 16th, 2013-'14, 2017-'18. Ranked 25th, 2011-'12.

Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

4.7

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Character
7.75
Challenge
7.55
Distinctiveness
7.64
Layout Variety
7.64
Fun
7.61
Aesthetics
7.57
Conditioning
7.74

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